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The Sermon on the Fall of Rome

(2014)
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The mysterious disappearance of Hayet, the manageress of the village bar, presents a conundrum for its owner, who cannot face a return to the days of late nights, lewd customers and greasy dishwater.

A succession of would-be hosts and hostesses descend, with disastrous results, before Matthieu and Libero, childhood friends disillusioned with their philosophical studies, return to take up the reins. Initially they are successful, but as lustful, avaricious reality rudely intrudes on their idyll, they too are forced to concede, their senses befuddled by easy women and plentiful liquor, that all empires must inevitably crumble.

Meanwhile, Matthieu's grandfather Marcel, who funded their enterprise, perhaps out of spite, still lingers on the island, his memories of the collapse of France's colonial empire still as fresh and bitter as the cancerous ulcers that must one day claim his life.

By turns wise, comic, dramatic, tragic and absurd, Ferrari's Goncourt-winning masterpiece reads like a Corsican One Hundred Years of Solitude, covering a century of intimate history with a dazzling, skewering precision even Flaubert would be proud to applaud.

    

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Title: Sermon on the Fall of Rome
Author(s): Jerome Ferrari
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Title: The Sermon on the Fall of Rome
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ISBN: 0-85705-290-X / 978-0-85705-290-2 (UK edition)
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Title: Sermon on the Fall of Rome
Author(s): Jerome Ferrari
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Title: The Sermon on the Fall of Rome
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ISBN: 1-78206-839-2 / 978-1-78206-839-6 (UK edition)
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Title: Sermon on the Fall of Rome
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Title: The Sermon on the Fall of Rome
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